Playing with the new camera – City Flea, Washington Park

Posted: 12/16/2012 in Photos, Uncategorized, Wandering 'Nati
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After Redsfest, Eric & I wandered over to A Tavola to rest our weary bones over some brews and FABULOUS pizza. We lucked into a corner spot on the bar, bypassing a 45-minute wait. Then having gotten refreshed, he talked me into heading over to City Flea – a kind of pop-up artist’s market, taking place this time in Washington Park.

Two years ago, I wouldn’t have walked through Washington Park voluntarily. Architecturally beautiful, the park had become geographically undesireable – located in the middle of one of Cincinnati’s poorest areas -it’s reputation was for drunks passed out on park benches and drug dealers using it as a pass-through to evade police. Also, it was in an odd juxtaposition of being directly across the street from our celebrated Music Hall – an icon of the performing arts. How you end up with something so amazing right across from something so abandoned is a thesis, I’m sure.

All of this past Summer, I drove by the park renovations on my way home from work. The city has put a ton of attention into reworking the park, adding a dog park and some fountains, better lighting, underground parking, etc., etc…and then keeping a flood of activity there – concerts, movies, art events – and City Flea. This was our first foray to the remodeled park and frankly, the transformation wow’d me. On a Saturday night, it was packed and fun and the vendors were amazing!

Again, the camera exercise was just to get a feel for the camera, what it can do, how to handle it. Left the settings on auto-no-flash. Still felt like I was getting better product without using the auto-flash.

f/4.5, 1/40 sec, ISO-5000, 29mm, no flash

f/4.5, 1/40 sec, ISO-5000, 29mm, no flash

f/4.5, 1/13 sec, ISO-6400, 30mm, no flash

f/4.5, 1/13 sec, ISO-6400, 30mm, no flash

f/3.5, 1/32 sec, 18mm, ISO-4000, no flash

f/3.5, 1/32 sec, 18mm, ISO-4000, no flash

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